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RTÉ One to broadcast Glenanne Gang film

Unquiet Graves: The story of the Glenanne Gang is to be broadcast on RTÉ
Marie Louise McConville

A NEW film which tells the story of the British government's alleged role in the murder of more than 120 civilians in counties Armagh and Tyrone will be broadcast on RTÉ One tonight.

Unquiet Graves: The story of the Glenanne Gang, details how rogue members of the RUC and UDR were centrally involved in the murder of the innocent civilians during the conflict in Northern Ireland.

The main focus of the programme is the loyalist gang and their operations in the so-called "murder triangle" area.

The documentary claims state collusion facilitated the actions of known sectarian murderers in the killings of farmers, shopkeepers, publicans and other civilians in a campaign that was aimed at terrorising the most vulnerable in society.

Atrocities resulting from collusion examined in the hard-hitting film include the 1976 bombing of the Step Inn in Keady, in which two Catholics, Elizabeth McDonald and Gerard McGleenon, were murdered.

The film also features a chilling interview with former RUC officer and self-confessed Glennane Gang member John Weir, who describes an aborted plan to launch a gun attack on a Catholic primary school.

The documentary, which is narrated by Stephen Rea, continues director Seán Murray’s investigation into the legacy of the Northern Irish conflict though testimony-based documentary.

The feature is also inspired by the painstaking work of the human rights groups The Pat Finucane Centre (PFC), Dublin-based Justice for the Forgotten (JFF), and Anne Cadwallader’s best-selling book, Lethal Allies.

Premiered last year at the Belfast Film Festival, the film's screening tonight on RTÉ One will be the first time it is screened on a mainstream TV channel, following RTÉ's decision to pull it from a planned broadcast in July 2019.

At the time, Seán Murray said the postponement was due to "minor broadcast issues", which led to criticism of RTÉ on social media, including from viewers whop accused the broadcaster of "censorship".

Unquiet Graves will be broadcast tonight on RTÉ One at 9.35pm.

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